About CIDI

Founded by Professor Li Zexiang – renowned robotics entrepreneur and mentor at HKUST – in October 2017, CiDi (Changsha Intelligent Driving Institute Ltd. )focuses on technological innovation and execution needed to create practical intelligent driving commercial vehicles and products. Gathering industry top talent and support of elite venture capital investments, the company has a 12,000 sq. meter research facility located in Changsha, Hunan, China. The company has obtained testing permits on public roads for SAE Level 4 trucks which can run at over 100km/h on highways. During the first two years, the company completed multiple projects for different types of commercial vehicles and special vehicles. Among them, CiDi has delivered both unmanned and remote controlled mining trucks to mining areas for operation;  operated intelligent buses on open city streets; and mass-produced V2X-connected vehicles and equipment in multiple cities and regions.


Development History


Changsha city inaugurates the “Double 100” open road project, providing a cooperative vehicle-to-infrastructure roadside perception solution for urban highways; intelligent heavy-duty trucks are tested on open roads in autonomous and in platoon-driving modes.


CiDi places the “Smart Fresh” product in trial operation.


CiDi obtains the first trans-provincial test license, on open roads in Zhejiang province, to become an intelligent driving heavy-duty truck company holding four road test licenses.


CiDi completes intelligent mining truck project. Clients receive driverless mining trucks were enhanced by augmented reality and teleoperational driving capabilities.


The first intelligent driving bus line on public street was inaugurated in Changsha, in which CiDi plays key role in delivering SAE level 4 autonomous driving buses.


CiDi signed a development contract of SEA L4 autonomous driving truck for a leading heavy-duty truck OEM. 


CiDi retrofitted 2 heavy-duty trucks to autonomous driving platforms where a full stack of autonomous software and hardware were implemented. CiDi completed V2X products certification and installed in 7.8km public street.  The team size at CiDi has reached to 200 members, including 15 Ph.D. and 87 master degree engineers and researchers.


CiDi’s V2X unit wins contract for V2I intelligent transportation road-retrofit project, with the goal of deploying V2X-based cooperative systems and equipment.


CiDi achieves automated driving at speeds over 100 km/h for intelligent heavy-duty trucks.


CiDi conducts the second iteration of its product development cycle, initializing a technology R&D center with advanced equipment.


Changsha city finalized the plan of building the first public street intelligent bus line in the nation. CiDi was awarded the 2nd contract to construct V2X road side base station.  


CiDi signed the first sales contract to provide V2X network products to a large (200-acre) autonomous driving proof ground.  


CiDi assisted Changsha traffic regulator in drafting “Implement Regulation for Managing Changsha Intelligent and Connected Vehicle Road Trial”, released formally in April 16th 2018


The Chairman of the Board, Li Zexiang, delivers a keynote speech at the “China Electric Vehicle 100 Forum 2018” and presents CiDi formally to industry and media.


A Strategic Cooperation Agreement was signed between CiDi and Changsha city.


CiDi implements company’s organization structure and development methodology which put efficiency as the top priority. The operation methodology emphasizes on dimension reduction, complexity decoupling and agile iterations, which can reduce the uncertainty and improve product development speed.   


Changsha Intelligent Driving Institute (CiDi) is established.